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If You Don't Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are the Other Options?

If you are feeling slightly leery about getting traditional braces, you are not alone. Many people have some reservations because of the anticipated discomfort and perhaps the attention that the metal brackets will bring from others. Discretion and convenience are some valid concerns. Fortunately, you do have some other options for braces if traditional brackets are not your cup of tea. Here is some information about your care choices:

The Orthodontist's Prowess 

Many alternative options for braces exist for teeth straightening practices, but one of the most important factors to determine is the orthodontist's skill level. The specialist that you choose will have a greater bearing on your treatment's success than the actual appliance or product. The most reliable orthodontist has years of successful experiences and a transparent way of conducting business. In other words, you will not feel like you're in the dark about any aspect of treatment. Additionally, the provider will have certification in the latest teeth alignment correction processes. You'll have a choice of several methods that experts are using to date.

The Benefits of Metal Braces 

First, let us say that traditional brackets are still an excellent choice for you if you have teeth alignment issues. One of the main reasons that the customers still value traditional braces is that they are still one of the sturdiest choices. They're a great option if you are seeking lasting results and a minimal amount of time wearing retainers and such. Additionally, conventional metal braces have a middle-ground price range and have proven themselves as an effective product.

Lingual Braces 

One of the options for braces that you may like is the option to have lingual braces installed onto your teeth. Lingual braces are very close to traditional brackets except they go in the back of your teeth rather than the front of your teeth. Many people love them because they provide a level of discretion and the strength of the conventional option.

Ceramic Braces 

Ceramic braces are another idea for you to consider. They are crafted of porcelain materials but will still have a metal archwire. Some patients elect the frosted archwire because it's more inconspicuous than the silver one is. Ceramic braces will give you a certain level of discretion. They are hardly noticeable and will become more unnoticeable as you move away from the people around you. The best part about them is that they are teeth colored and can blend in with your smile. Many people enjoy ceramic braces because of the slightly cosmetic appeal.

Damon Braces 

The Damon braces system is another option that is becoming more popular every day. A specialist named Dwight Damon invented the system, and his goal was to provide a higher level of comfort and convenience for orthodontic patients. The characteristic that makes these braces highly unique is their self-ligation ability. Damon braces do not need to have elastics because their brackets have a sliding door system. Patients who have this system do not have to go to the specialists to have their brackets tightened because the system does most of the work already. Some people have said they have experienced more comfort with this system than with conventional braces, as well. They are slightly smaller in size than traditional braces are, so they have more room in their mouths to avoid friction and scraping.

Invisalign 

Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives of teeth alignment treatment on the market. If you want a high level of discretion, this may be your best option. This system consists of a series of removable plastic aligners that have a clear consistency. The beauty of Invisalign is that no one can see that you are receiving treatment for an issue. You can keep your treatment between you and your orthodontist if you like. The other benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners so that you can clean your teeth, eat and drink your favorite beverages. You only have to wear your aligners for 22 out of the 24 hours in the day. This system is best if you have problems that are on the less severe end of the alignment problem spectrum.

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces? Beecroft Orthodontics

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Incognito 

The incognito system is another system that you might want to try if you want to maintain a high level of discretion. The name of the system alone is enough to entice many people into inquiring about it. This unique system uses a concept that is similar to the lingual braces, but they have more of an aesthetic appeal. They go on the back of the teeth for discretion purposes, and the specialists create them with advanced computerized technology so that they fit perfectly.

WildSmiles 

Would you consider taking a trip on the wild side of orthodontic care? WildSmiles is a repair system that is primarily for the younger generation, but anyone can opt to try it. Instead of getting square brackets and braces, the patient can choose from a variety of fun shapes, colors, and sizes. Selecting this method of alignment correction is similar to choosing a fashion trend. Friends, family members, and prospective patients will be astonished by all that they can receive from this system. Wearing a fun set of brackets can make a person feel more relaxed about the treatment process itself.

Your First Experience 

Your experience at the orthodontist will start with an examination. You may have to take some X-rays and then you will have a physical examination as well as the interpretation of your X-rays. The prospective orthodontist will then try to come up with an effective plan to resolve your teeth alignment issue. You can then choose the best options for yourself and then the orthodontist will start crafting the appropriate appliances.

Schedule Your Consultation Today 

Are you ready to start putting your smile back together? All right. If you would like to do that, then the first step that you should take is making a phone call to Beecroft Orthodontics. Beecroft is a highly professional group of experts who draw from each other's expertise to provide you with top-notch orthodontic treatment. You can sift through the professional gallery and then call 548-898-2200 to schedule an appointment. 

If You Don't Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are the Other Options?

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

Beecroft Orthodontics LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you've gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it's a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

FAQ

Orthodontic Retainers and Post-Braces Care: What if Your Teeth Move?

You need to follow your orthodontist's instructions to the letter and wear that retainer for as long as is specified. If you've noticed some shifting after your braces come off, even while using your retainer, don't be alarmed. It's all a part of the process.

Can I Expect Some Movement in the Initial Period After the Braces Come Off?

When your braces come off, movement is to be expected. Your gums are going to start to adjust, becoming healthier as you can finally give yourself excellent oral hygiene once more. In addition, your teeth will actually start to settle once the wires and brackets are removed. They'll come together in a natural way. This shifting or settling is generally more noticeable in the back or on the sides. Shifting should not be as obvious in the most important area, the front that is the first thing everyone sees.

What Are Other Factors that Affect Movement After Your Braces are Removed?

Even though you are wearing your retainer, you may still see minor changes in the alignment of your teeth for a variety of reasons. If you are still growing, your jaw will be changing and this may alter the appearance of your teeth. You also need to pay attention to your tongue. If you are in the habit of pressing your tongue against your teeth, it may cause shifting. Do your best to avoid any unnecessary pressure on your teeth. You should not see any major alterations. Remember that your body is going to change as you age and that includes your mouth. As your jaw adjusts, shifts, or moves over the course of the coming years, you may see slight alterations in the appearance of your teeth as well.

Should I Keep Wearing My Retainer and See My Orthodontist?

The main thing you need to remember is that your retainer is a must. You have put in the time and invested a great deal of money in getting that beautiful smile. In order to have the most promising results after you've had orthodontic treatment, keep wearing your retainer for the length of time per your orthodontist's instructions. If you are concerned about any shifting in your teeth, make an appointment with our orthodontist specialist at Beecroft Orthodontics. An adjustment in the type of retainer you are wearing may be a remedy to the problem. Your orthodontic specialist will be able to answer all of your questions and assist you in whatever way possible to make sure you keep a beautiful smile for years to come.

Contact Us Now!

We at Beecroft Orthodontics hope that we have done enough to clarify the difference between the two. For any further consultations or if you would like to utilize our services, do not hesitate to call us. We eagerly await the chance to guide you on the journey back to dental wellness.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMER 29, 2017

What are the most common causes of and solutions for overbites?

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

Causes of overbites:

1. Genetics: The genes you got from mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are the No. 1 cause. There are two reasons: 1) Your upper jaw is too developed relative to your lower jaw, sticking out too far. This is uncommon. 2) Your lower jaw is underdeveloped, which is most common.

2. A Habit: You may be a thumb-sucker or sucked on a pacifier when you were younger. Habits are easier to fix because we don’t have to remodel and guide the jaws. We just fix the teeth and bring them back into a proper position.

3. Upper teeth stick out further than the lower teeth: That could just be the position the teeth came in. Again, this is easier to fix by bringing the teeth back into a proper position.

How to Treat Overbites?

Several years ago, it was more popular to use headgear to fix large overbite problems, but I don’t like using it. Headgear attaches to the braces in the back of the upper teeth, pulling back the upper jaw. But, the problem is not usually in the upper jaw. Usually the upper jaw is fine. The reason you have an overbite is the lower jaw is set back or detruded. So, if you use headgear to fix an overbite, you cause the upper jaw to match the lower jaw, which is detruded. So, now your teeth fit together, but you have a detruded upper jaw and a detruded lower jaw, which doesn’t look nice aesthetically. This gives you a flat facial appearance, looking like you have fake teeth. So, instead of headgear, we want to correct this problem by encouraging the lower jaw to grow and match that upper jaw.

We can make changes a couple ways:

1. Use elastics: Elastics attach, depending on which way we want the teeth and jaws to move, from the bottom braces to the top ones or vice versa. This lets the upper jaw come out and the lower jaw go in. In cases where there’s an overbite, we would do the opposite because we want the lower jaw to go out and the upper jaw to come in. We use elastics in less severe cases. In severe cases, we have other ways to help guide jaw growth.

2. Use an appliance: If someone has a large overbite, with the lower jaw set back quite far, we use a spring that sits inside the mouth and cheeks. This allows you to chew and open/close your mouth normally. The spring is constantly working to put out a constant amount of force 24 hours a day. The opening and closing motion will put more force on the teeth, allowing the lower jaw to go into a better position. Again, this appliance is used in severe cases where you could stick your whole thumb in between your upper and lower jaw. And, it does speed up treatment quite a bit compared to wearing the elastics.

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Best time for treatment

It’s hard to make the jaw grow more than it would genetically, but timing wise we can remodel the bones to maximize growth potential. The best time is usually before children hit their peak growth spurt--10-11 years old for girls and ages 11-13 for boys. Before they hit the peak growth spurt, their jaws will grow with their lower jaws growing the most.

If you have an overbite, you may want to consider visiting an orthodontist for a consultation. The orthodontists at Beecroft Orthodontics are always happy to help. Visit them today if you have any oral issues.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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